A 2013 national survey on men’s health, found that about 15% of men between the ages of 18 and 59 reported a lack of interest in sex. The survey noted that no physical problems were present, they were just losing interest in daily sex. This appears to be a growing trend, even being reported among healthcare professionals. No, we can’t place the blame on the old adage of “woman’s lib,” it seems technology might have a great deal to do with low libido in men. Men are deluged daily with sexual images on cable TV, the internet, magazines, and video games, even in 3-D, possibly leading men to believe that their greater sexual fulfillment is in fantasy, rather than reality. Another catchphrase related to male sexual interest, is that men think about sex every three seconds, why then are so many men of a younger age seeking medical help to boost their libidos?
Work Stress – No Sex
One factor that provides a suggestion about why are so many men losing their sex drive, involves work related stress. As a result of the U.S. economy, men are working longer to assure their position where they work, even in jobs that they don’t like and their mind set to hang onto their jobs to ensure that they are indispensable. This type of environment only leads to lower job satisfaction and unhappiness. The result of these emotions, have a tendency to lead men to alcoholism or in today’s society, may be even smoking weed. The combination of alcohol, drugs, and anxiety interferes with the production of testosterone, which affects the parts of the brain that controls a man’s hormone balance.
Andropause Has Men Losing Sex Drive
Yes, older men naturally lose some of their sex drive as they age, due to the natural occurrence of lower testosterone and higher estrogen levels in a condition called andropause. Andropause affects all men, especially as they age (over 40), but there seems to be a significant increase in andropause symptoms in younger men (age 32 to 35). The hormones that normally affect men in the ages of 25 to 27, is declining in testosterone, thyroid hormone levels and DHEA ( Dehydroepiandrosterone is a hormone that comes from the adrenal gland, which is formed in brain cells.
Is Being Overweight A Minus in Male Sex Drive
There is naturally a 1% a year decrease in testosterone levels in men aged 50, but recent research has shown low testosterone levels in men aged 40+. There are no concrete answers as to why this is occurring, except the fact that men are becoming more overweight during the last 15 years. Overweight men have up to 25% less total testosterone than men who were in normal weight range. Men who are overweight will naturally have low testosterone, which is related to the low production by the testicles or a conversion of testosterone to estrogen. Overweight men can have a combination of both.
Environmental Effects On Low Libido
However, another factor that is being studied worldwide by clinicians and researchers, is the effect that our environment has on male sexual health. Oestrogenic compounds are the culprit. These compounds are found in plastic food packaging, pesticides, including the chemical compounds that are fed to livestock, containing hormone like chemicals. It is a fact, that oestrogenic chemical compounds are not broken down by the body, therefore they can build up and upset the very delicate balance levels of testosterone in the body, causing low libido levels.
Less Sleep, Less Sex
In sexual health survey’s, men are reporting to sleep less because of their varying lifestyles. When we get ample sleep, our body’s repairs itself, where the immune system is restored and hormone levels are able to balance themselves out. Naturally, less sleep can cause a man to lose interest, even in their partner’s whom they love. When your sleep cycle is shortened, the body does not have enough time to replenish hormone levels and many other organ and tissue actions. The Journal of American Medical Association found that the lack of sleep in men has a causal effect on testosterone production in men, thus they lose that loving feeling.
Are men losing their sex drive or as psychologists suggests, that there isn’t a fall, just an increase in society’s expectation of a man’s sex drive. Our society, clinicians suggests, is in the throes of heightened sexual stimulation in all that we see and do. We have more stresses on our modern lives than ever before and added to that, is the evolving gender roles, which is causing a readjustment of sexual roles in men and women. To keep relationships healthy, couples must keep the lines of communication open. Teaching men coping skills will help to keep romance alive. If low libido is due to a medical condition, there are treatments that can help men of all ages. Just remember, that lovemaking is not a competition about how long or how often you should have sex. Emotional well being in any relationship will determine your sexual wellness.